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Sex assault suspect grapples with police

By: Jesse Paul jesse.paul@gazette.com
July 13, 2013 Updated: July 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
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Darrell Innis allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl last week before injuring two Colorado Springs police officers struggling to arrest him, court records show.

Innis, 31, invited the 19-year-old victim into his apartment for drinks the morning of July 7 and then forcefully assaulted her, yelling misogynistic epithets during the attack, the victim told police. A phone call from the victim's friend eventually summoned help and she was freed from Innis' control after they heard her screaming from inside the apartment.

Around 2 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of Arlington Drive in southeast Colorado Springs when friends of the victim called police and reported she had been raped and the suspect was still at the scene. According to police, Innis was aggressive and refused to comply with their commands, physically resisting arrest.

Police say they were forced to take Innis down and one officer struck Innis in the face with a closed fist to try and subdue him, according to an arrest affidavit. One officer then held Innis at Taser-point before reinforcements arrived and they re-engaged him, police said.

"After a struggle, they (the officers) got handcuffs on his wrist but he still continued to resist commands," police said.

Once officers placed Innis in a police cruiser, he reportedly continued his violent rage.

"He continued to act in a strange manner that would indicate he might be on some type of drug," according to the affidavit. "The suspect did not make any sense while he was yelling."

Two officers suffered minor injuries in the altercation, including bruises and minor scrapes.

Innis was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault and suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer. He is being held at the El Paso County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Contact Jesse Paul at 636-0253. Twitter: @JesseAPaul

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